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Xioatian Zhang presented pieces at the MADE Fashion Week Parsons MFA from her “Opposite side of my brain” collection that were unnatural in color but natural in form. She adhered hundreds of faceted spherical beads across her garments in a manner closely resembling the appearance of fruiting slime mold seen in the photographs of Kim Fleming. Cellular slime molds are composed of many single-celled amoebas that can aggregate and move as a single body. Individual cells can become spores with the aim to be blown in the air or be carried by passing animals (or perhaps a fashion model).

- Chris Ing, | #iOnFashion, NYFW 2014

Zoey Jordan’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection radiates concepts derived from the fields of climatology and astronomy with her attention to albedo, or reflection coefficient. When rated on the scale used to measure reflectivity, nearly the entire Zoey Jordan collection would be a 1, for perfect reflection of a white surface. Accompanied with materials with Lambertian reflectance (after physicist Johann Heinrich Lambert who introduced the concept of perfect diffusion in 1760), the materials used in the collection literally shine with luminous intensity.

Traveling through interstellar space at over 11 miles per second, the Voyager Spacecraft (launched in 1977) currently carry aboard it a similarly reflective piece of art: a gold-plated copper phonograph record containing sounds and images meticulously selected to embody the diversity of life and culture on Earth. Powered by GE-designed command computers (for flight path, communication capability to NASA’s Mission Control) as well as the electricity generator (for instrumentation, computers, radio), these robotic emissaries literally and figuratively reflect the power of human ingenuity and exploration while merging intricate design and form.

- Rich Evans, | #iOnFashion NYFW 2014

Famously discussed by physicist Richard Feynman, flowers exhibit exceptional beauty when viewed through the lens of science. It is theorized that the entire function of flowers is to assist in the reproductive process of plants via the involvement of animals.

- Chris Ing, | #iOnFashion, NYFW 2014


Studies in fashion psychology suggest that the positioning of the flowers on the bodice draws attention, and someone wearing this collection would not only possess a high level of body awareness but also choose this to give off a sense of pride.

-Dawnn, FashionPsychologySuccess | #iOnFashion, NYFW 2014

Koon Lim and Catrine Thé, the designer duo behind koonhor, present a sophisticated Fashion Week collection. Most notable are sleek visors, styled to protect wearers from rain and wind elements. To protect NASA astronauts from the elements of space, GE developed Lexan plastic for impact-resistant “bubble helmets” in 1953. The Lexan brand of polycarbonate was utilized in the helmet’s visors to record radiation exposure, and later, yielded improved football helmets, aircraft windows, greenhouses, bulletproof materials and eyewear.

- Chris Ing, | #iOnFashion, NYFW 2014